Kirstein calls for more alternatives options for private investors

Many asset managers almost have a "chronic overweight" in equities compared to their benchmark. Instead of adding risk they should lower their return expectations or offer more alternative investment options to private investors, says Jesper Kirstein, CEO at asset management strategy consultancy Kirstein.

Jesper Kirstein, CEO, Kirstein Finans | Photo: PR

Alternative investments should be seen as an integrated part of investors' total portfolios and included in overall risk/return calculations, says Jesper Kirstein, CEO of Copenhagen-based asset management consultancy firm Kirstein.

Commenting on alternatives in a column in Danish financial daily Børsen, Kristein writes he considers "the almost chronic overweight" in equities held by many managers, banks and brokerage firms to be a consequence of increasing portfolio risks, taken to generate returns – although lowering expectations would be an easier way out.

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